April 17, 2015 Alison Mehesz

Made In Space is the latest America Makes Member

We are excited to announce that Made In Space is the latest America Makes member!

Part of the Made In Space team had the chance to tour the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio last December. NAMII, better known as America Makes, focuses on advancing the capabilities of additive manufacturing technologies and training students and workers with the skills to utilize these technologies to grow our nation’s economy.

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Mike Snyder and Hasti Afsarifard view items on display at America Makes, including this 3D printed 3u CubeSat. (Photo credit: Aadam Soorma)

During the tour, we learned about current projects including challenges in additive manufacturing materials, process and certifications. America Makes announces project call topics and in addition to funding projects, America Makes facilitates collaborations between businesses, academia, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

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Michael Hripko, Deputy Directory of Workforce and Educational Outreach at America Makes, showcases a 3D printed letter of commitment addressed to President Obama and signed by over 150 Maker universities pledging to provide students with engaging opportunities to create things. (Photo credit: Aadam Soorma)

President Obama mentioned this innovation institute in his 2013 State of the Union Address: “A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the-art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”

About America Makes:

Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is an extensive network of more than 100 companies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and government agencies from all over the U.S. America Makes was founded in August 2012 as the flagship institute for other National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

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